Internationally renowned author talks with our students.

There was great excitement on Thursday 12 June when internationally renowned author Morris Gleitzman and actor Paul-William Mawhinney visited SIDE.  Morris and Paul were visiting WA to promote Morris’ new book, Loyal Creatures.  and took part in an online web-conferencing event, using Saba Classroom. 77 students and teachers from SIDE Leederville and the Schools of the Air attended. Participants were situated across the state and beyond.

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Continuing our tradition of distinction in teaching and learning, two SIDE teachers have received awards for professional excellence.

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Wan-Yi Sweeting was SIDE's Academic Dux for 2012. She wrote this letter just after graduating.

My Story

I am really honoured to have been selected as the winner of the 2012 Dux award. I couldn’t have managed without the wonderful support of my teachers and supervisors.

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By any measure, Wan-Yi Sweeting is an extraordinary young woman. She came to Australia aged 11, to board at a large Perth girls' school. At 13, she was selected for the WA Tennis Academy, which meant a hectic international touring schedule, and she chose to continue her schooling with SIDE.

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As part of SIDE's regular Authors Online program, Australian Children's Laureate Boori Monty Pryor visited SIDE to work with more than 90 students in Centra, our online web-conferencing application.

Boori is a celebrated author, performer, dancer and poet, and is one of two Australian Children’s Literature Alliance (ACLA) Children's Laureates for 2012-13, appointed to promote the importance of reading.

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Studying through distance education proves no barrier to achievement for SIDE students. Four of our studentss have been recognised for their commitment to excellence in two areas of study.

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